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Cheesy Tuna and Chive Pasties

cook 30 mins
  • 50 g (2 oz) butter
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced
  • 500 g (1 lb) shop-bought puff pastry
  • flour, for dusting
  • 2 x 185 g (6½ oz) cans tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 175 g (6 oz) cold mashed potato
  • 100 g (3½ oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 small egg, lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • salad leaves, to serve (optional)
  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Melt the butter in a large frying pan and cook the leeks for 4–5 minutes, until softened.
  • Meanwhile, roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and stamp out 4 x 22 cm (8½ inch) circles.
  • Transfer the leeks to a large bowl, add the tuna, potato, cheese, chives and a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Spoon the mixture into the middle of each pastry circle, then brush a little beaten egg around the border. Fold up the pastry, pinching and crimping the edges together along the top to encase the filling.
  • Arrange the pasties on the prepared baking sheet, brush with beaten egg and bake in a preheated oven, 220˚C (425˚F), Gas Mark 7, for about 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Cool slightly and serve with salad leaves, if desired.
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